John Hart, who has died aged 102, was the last surviving Canadian Battle of Britain pilot. He joined No. 602 Squadron in September 1940 and saw action over the English Channel when he shot down a Messerschmitt Bf 109 and shared in the destruction of a Junkers 88 bomber. He went on to fly Hurricanes in Burma on ground attack sorites before taking command of No. 67 Squadron escorting bomber and airborne supply operations. In March 1945 he joined No. 112 Squadron in Italy to fly the Mustang. He took over as the CO and led formations against rail and road communications and attacked bridges in northern Italy, Yugoslavia and southern Austria. He was awarded the DFC and returned to live in Vancouver.
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